Born On This Day...

In 1516 England's Queen Mary I (1553-58)
In 1533 French essayist, Michel de Montaigne
In 1820 Illustrator, Sir John Tenniel (Alice in Wonderland)
In 1824 French acrobat, Charles Blondin (crossed Niagra Falls on tightrope)
In 1890 Russian dancer, Vaslav Nijinsky
In 1893 Novelist/playwright, Ben Hecht (The Front Page)
In 1901 Chemist, Linus Pauling (Nobel-1954, 1962) [d: 8-19-94]
In 1906 Gangster, Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel [d: 6-20-47]
In 1907 Cartoonist, Milton Caniff (Steve Canyon) [d: 4-3-88]
In 1908 Actress, Billie Bird (Benson, Dear John) [d: 11-27-02]
In 1909 Actor, Olan Soule (Mr. Pfeiffer-My Three Sons) [d: 2-1-94]
In 1909 English poet, Sir Stephen Spender [d: 7-16-95]
In 1910 Film director, Vincente Minnelli (American In Paris) [d: 7-25-86]
In 1914 Actor, Jim Boles (One Man's Family) [d: 5-26-77]
In 1915 Zoologist, Sir Peter Medawar (Nobel-1953) [d: 10-2-87]
In 1915 Actor, Zero Mostel (Fiddler on the Roof) [d: 9-8-77]
In 1923 Actor, Charles Durning (The Sting, Tootsie, Evening Shade) [d: 12-24-12]
In 1926 Author, Svetlana Alliluyeva (daughter of Josef Stalin) [d: 11-22-11]
In 1928 Actress, Bettye Ackerman (Dr. Maggie Graham-Ben Casey) [d: 11-01-06]
In 1928 Icon, Smokey the Bear ("Only you can prevent wild fires") (91)
In 1930 U.S. Physicist, Leon Cooper (Nobel-1972) (89)
In 1930 Baseball player, Frank Malzone (Boston, California) [d: 12-29-15]
In 1931 Actor, Gavin MacLeod (Mary Tyler Moore, The Love Boat) (88)
In 1931 College basketball coach, Dean Smith (North Carolina) [d: 2-7-15]
In 1932 Actor, Don Francks (Terminal Choice, Finian's Rainbow) [d: 4-3-16]
In 1939 U.S. boxer, Charles Brown (Olympic-Bronze-1964) (80)
In 1939 Folk guitarist/songwriter, John Fahey [d: 2-22-01]
In 1939 Dancer/choreographer, Tommy Tune (Boyfriend) (80)
In 1940 Auto racer, Mario Andretti (52 IndyCar wins) (79)
In 1940 Singer/songwriter, Joe South (Games People Play, Rose Garden) [d: 9-5-12]
In 1941 Singer/guitarist, Marty Sanders (Jay & the Americans) (78)
In 1942 Actor, Frank Bonner (Herb-WKRP In Cincinnati, Sidekicks) (77)
In 1942 Guitarist, Brian Jones (Rolling Stones) [d: 7-3-69]
In 1943 Singer/songwriter, Barbara Acklin (Love Makes A Woman) [d: 11-27-98]
In 1943 Singer, Donnie Iris (Ah Leah) (76)
In 1945 Keyboardist, Ronnie Rosman (Tommy James & the Shondells) (74)
In 1945 Football player/actor, Charles "Bubba" Smith (Police Academy) [d: 8-3-11]
In 1946 Singer, Syreeta Wright [d: 7-5-04]
In 1947 Actress, Stephanie Beacham (The Colbys, 90210, SeaQuest DSV) (72)
In 1948 Actress, Bernadette Peters (The Jerk, Pennies From Heaven) (71)
In 1948 Actress, Mercedes Ruehl (Fisher King, Lost In Yonkers, Fraiser) (71)
In 1949 Actress, Ilene Graff (Marsha Owens-Mr. Belvedere) (70)
In 1952 Saxophonist, Eddie Manion (Southside Johnny & Asbury Dukes) (67)
In 1952 Actress, Cristina Raines (Lane Ballou-Flamingo Road) (67)
In 1955 Comedian, Gilbert Gottfried (SNL, Aladdin's parrot) (64)
In 1955 Singer/pianist, Randy Jackson (Zebra) (64)
In 1956 Basketball player, Adrian Dantley (Olympic-Gold-1976) (63)
In 1957 Drummer, Philip Gould (Level 42) (62)
In 1957 Keyboardist, Ian Stanley (Tears For Fears) (62)
In 1957 Actor, John Turturro (Bartin Fink, Quiz Show, Clockers) (62)
In 1957 Singer/guitarist, Cindy Wilson (B-52's) (62)
In 1960 Actress/playmate, Dorothy Stratten (August-1979) [d: 8-14-80]
In 1961 Actress, Rae Dawn Chong (Commando, Rude Awakening) (58)
In 1962 Canadian relayer, Angela Bailey (Olympic-Silver-1984) (57)
In 1967 Guitarist/pianist, Marcus Lillington (Breathe) (52)
In 1969 Actor, Robert Sean Leonard (Dead Poets Society) (50)
In 1969 Singer, Pat Monahan (Train) (50)
In 1970 Novelist, Daniel Handler (Lemony Snicket) (49)
In 1970 Actress, Tangi Miller (Elena Tyler-Felicity) (49)
In 1971 Actress, Maxine Bahns (She's The One) (48)
In 1971 Actress, Tasha Smith (For Better of for Worse) (48)
In 1972 Actor, Rory Cochrane (Timothy Speedle-CSI Miami, Argo) (47)
In 1974 Actor, Michael Manasseri (Wyatt-Weird Science) (45)
In 1976 Actress, Ali Larter (Varsity Blues, Heroes) (43)
In 1977 Country singer, Jason Aldean (42)
In 1982 Actess, Lena Cardwell (Simone-Passions) (37)
In 1985 Singer, Fefe Dobson (34)
In 1987 Actress, Michelle Horn (Lion King II, Cassie-Family Law) (32)
In 1991 Rap singer, Witt Lowry (28)
In 1994 Singer, Jake Bugg (25)
In 1996 Actor, Bobb'e J. Thompson (The Tracy Morgan Show) (23)
In 1997 Actress, Olivia Scriven (Degrassi: Next Generation) (22)

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